Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 Jack Shannon (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Lucy Acosta (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Neala Shannon (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Wilmer Slade (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 D.A. Todd Spurrier (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Lou Gondolf (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
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Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a good relationship with his daughter, his professional career has hit rock bottom. He becomes a general practioner of law, gaining a loyal secretary in Lucy Acosta when he manages to free her boyfriend from jail. Shannon also gains an unlikely investigator in Wilmer Slade, a verbose enforcer for one of the many loan sharks to whom Jack is in debt. Although he has sworn off gambling, Shannon continues to use his skill as a cardplayer to help him work out his cases, and he always tries to work out deals for his clients without having to go to court. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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13 April 1990 (USA)  »

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El compromiso de Shannon  »

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Writer-director John Sayles wrote the teleplay for the pilot movie and directed one of the episodes. He also has a cameo role in the episode "Words to Music" as a jealous boyfriend who gets into a confrontation with Jack Shannon. See more »

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Jack Shannon: You want something out of me.
Sidney Fine: I thought you'd never ask. Leo! Uh, have you ever done any child custody work?
Jack Shannon: I get the feeling I'm about to.
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Robin Hood as a lawyer who has a gambling problem.
12 May 1999 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

It had a great story line. But did not air long. This series probably upsets lawyer: the hero worked to gain his son's esteem more than for money!

Each week Shannon would face impossible odds, but being a good gambler would win by gambling or bluffing his way through.

I liked the story and the character was sympathetic. But if I remember correctly, it did not have a good time slot...

I guess there were too many lawyer stories, not like today! ;-)


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